Thursday, March 07, 2013
KUANTAN: A National Service camp commandant has been transferred out following an allegedly severe punishment meted out to 200 trainees over a theft.
The trainees were allegedly made to sit under the hot sun, then soaked themselves in a nearby pond and again made to sit under the hot sun wearing just their shorts.
National Service Training Department director-general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil said they had received a report on the Feb 23 incident at the Kampung Hijrah camp in Penor, near here.
“We conducted an immediate investigation and found that the action taken by the management of the camp was not in accordance with the stipulated rules. As such, we took drastic action and transferred out the camp commandant within 24 hours, effective from March 1,” he said yesterday.
Parent Wong Yoke Chan, 36, from Mentakab, said the “excessive punishment” was meted out on her 18-year-old son and the other trainees over the theft of several hundred ringgit.
“The punishment lasted about two hours,” she said, after submitting a complaint letter to the camp.
Wong said the punishment was totally uncalled for and had affected the students “physically and emotionally”. - Star, 4/3/2013, Camp commandant booted out over ‘severe punishment’